Last week I briefly mentioned offering a type of mentorship program and I wanted to elaborate on it a little more today.
I considered offering workshops but it just didn’t sit right with me. Well, if I’m being honest, I’m not comfortable in group settings. I’m a fairly shy person and public speaking makes me very nervous. Also, if you’re investing your time and money into something I am offering, I would want to provide you with as much of my time, experience and expertise as I possibly can and this would be a lot more difficult in a group setting.
Which leads me to mentorships. I thought having individual one on one time would be the most ideal way to help you. Not only would it be a more comfortable setting but it would be catered to your individual needs, regardless of your skill level or where you might be in your career.
My main reason for wanting to do this is to help you more thoroughly. I receive many emails asking questions about gear, photography, business, etc. and I can only help so much. And a lot of times there’s no follow up so I don’t know whether things worked out or not. I would love to be able to sit down with you and really have a heart to heart about your work and your business as well as share about my successes and mistakes over the last 4 years. I want to build friendships where I can help you over the course of your journey and make sure you’re succeeding. I want the mentorship to continue even after our day together is over. And eventually I want to build a community where others can support each other, help each other and refer each other to clients.
Here are some things that will be included in the different mentorship program packages:
• Review of your portfolio where I provide constructive criticism
• Review of your gear and share with you the gear I use
• Business necessities – contracts, email correspondences, insurance, time management, etc.
• Editing tips
• Marketing and social media tips (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, etc.)
• Q&A session
• A styled shoot where we shoot together and we can go over settings and gear
• And of course food!
I will be making an official announcement next week but if you’re interested and would like to be the first to know about signing up, please email me at nina [at] loveandlemonade.com. I will only be taking on very few mentorships every month since my shoot schedule gets pretty busy so it’ll be on a first come, first serve basis.
I hope to meet you soon! :)